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Wisconsin's Cold and Snow Nothing New, People Have Been Adapting for Centuries


The cold, snowy weather this winter may cause some of us to ask ourselves why we’ve decided to live in this climate.

People have been adapting to Wisconsin's winters for ages.

Credit Milwaukee Public Museum
The Milwaukee Public Museum features items, such as a shovel and games, that show how Woodland Indians made it through the winter

The Milwaukee Public Museum currently has an exhibit showing how Woodland Indians of the area coped with the snow and cold, a few hundred years ago.

Dawn ScherThomae, associate curator of anthropology at the museum, says life in winter was difficult, but not impossible – and it was busy.

But, is this winter's run of cold and snowy weather more extreme than past winters?

National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Townsend says that this winter's weather is actually pretty normal.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich talks with Ed Townsend, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Ann-Elise Henzl became News Director in September 2017.